Alleppey is the focal point of most trips to the famed backwaters of Kerala. Dubbed the āVenice of the Eastā, Alleppey (nullAlappuzha in Malayalam) is a backwater haven with a unique crisscrossing network of canals and lagoons that spread across the center of the town. The Venetian ambience of Alleppey is enhanced by the coir-made houseboats that punt along leisurely on the backwaters. A wealth of temples and churches add character to this understated seaside resort. The Alleppey Beach is another highpoint ā it is a pristine stretch of sand lacing a choppy Arabian Sea, with an old character-filled pier, about 140 years old, extending into the sea.
An unlikely shopping destination, Alleppey is a place to find one-off coir matting and exquisite carpets ā quite popular with foreign tourists. The array is pretty large and the quality fine, not to mention the prices reasonable. You will be impressed by the collection of coir products and rugs available here. It is a great chance to get a glimpse into the coir manufacturing process in Alleppey, from the coconut husk to the final rope/coir yarn stage. The local markets offer a range of coconut oil, areca nut, pepper, cardamom and sugar among other condiments. And if you are staying in this seaside resort for a longish period, donāt miss out a trip to the vegetable market, lush with farm-fresh vegetables and fruits. Keep an eye out, you might stumble upon some unique little souvenirs in the
local market - a perfect gift for your loved ones back home.
Restaurant - Kream Korner on Mullackal Street, Arcadia Regency, Hassan's Restaurant nearly a kilometer from Alleppey Beach, Arun (nullattached to Komala Hotel, Zilla Court Ward), Aryaas on Mullakal and Kollam Road, Vijaya Restaurant on Jetty Road, Indian Coffee House on Mullackal Street, Annapoorna Restaurant adjacent to Hotel Raiban on Boat Jetty Road, Vembanad Restaurant (nullthe in-site restaurant of Prince Hotel), Hotel Rajas, Sree Durga Bhawan.
Sip coconut water at regular intervals, it is not only available in abundance but also refreshes you. If you take to snacking, enjoy the freshly fried banana chips ranging from pepper flavored to plain salted. Alleppey is not really the place for European or Oriental cuisine, sticking to regional delicacies here is a safer bet. Donāt forget, Kerala cuisine is a bit of acquired taste as it is cooked in coconut oil and with coconut. The spice content in most dishes is also normally high. If you do not have the palate for spicy food, make sure to mention your taste and preference to the waiter before you order. However, you have a great array of local specialties to choose from. Bon Appétit!
The Alleppey Beach, also known as Alappuzha Beach, is a pristine stretch of sand lacing a choppy Arabian Sea. An old character-filled pier, about 140 years old, extending into the sea adds to the idyllic charm of this beach.
Alleppey is a pretty seaside town in Alappuzha District of Kerala, and is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. A part of Keralaās coastal belt, Alleppey is flat, thick with paddy fields, coconut groves, and dissected by a network of interconnected canals and rivers. The climate here is generally humid and relatively more pleasant in the winter months. The best time to visit Alleppey would be August-September and February-March. In August-September you can witness the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, in which hundreds of men row a long snake-boat, and many such boats race down the Punnamada Kayal to win. While the months of April and May are considered best to visit the cultural town of Haripad, famous for the Sree Nagaraja Temple, Mannarasala, and attend the Haripad Temple Festival
which puts up a fascinating display of the rich culture and heritage of Kerala.
Surface - Alleppey is on the NH 47 highway and is connected to all important cities in South India by public state transport buses. There are bus services operating from cities such as Cochin (null hours, Rs 33), Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore (nullovernight luxury buses Rs 650), Mysore, Coimbatore (nullovernight bus Rs 220) to Alleppey. Alleppey is also connected to these cities by private taxi. These tourist taxis are the most convenient way to enjoy sightseeing, move around attractions, especially when traveling in a group. Most airports and railway stations have a decent tourist taxi service.
Train - Alleppey has recently been connected to Cochin by rail. The Alleppey Railway Station is about 5 kilometers (null.12 miles) from the central bus stand and the boat jetty. You can also reach Alleppey from other cities such as Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata by train.
Air - The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 64 kilometers (null miles) to the north, and Trivandrum International Airport is approx. 159 kilometers (null.3 miles) to the south. You might have to pay about Rs 450 for a taxi to get from Cochin airport, then a bus or train to Alleppey. Alternatively, you can arrive at the airport in Trivandrum or Kozhikode (nullCalicut), Chennai or Bangalore, and further on catch a train to Alleppey.
Sea - Alleppey is linked by motorboat service through the backwaters to Kollam (nullQuilon), Changanassery, Kottayam, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kovalam, Chengannur and Kuttanad.
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